THE saga over a notorious stretch of the A92 at Newport appears to have come to an end after two crossover gaps were closed this week.
Drivers are no longer able to make right turns or travel straight across the carriageway at the Station Brae and Inverdovat junctions.
The decision, taken by Scottish ministers last March, proved controversial, with many locals favouring a reduction in the speed limit from 70mph to 50mph.
Tay Bridgehead councillor Tim Brett fears the measure will lead to an extra hazard for motorists in the form of tractors unable to cross at Inverdovat.
He said: “Because the Inverdovat junction is being closed off — and that was not recommended by the Scottish Government reporter — slow-moving agricultural vehicles are going to be travelling in both directions on the dual carriageway, turning round at the Forgan and Tay Road Bridge roundabouts.
“I think that’s a real hazard and I would encourage all motorists to be on the alert.”
When they announced their decision, Scottish ministers said forcing tractors to travel to either of the two roundabouts was preferable to allowing them to continue crossing the busy A92.
Councillor Brett acknowledged that their verdict on how to make the road safer had not met with universal agreement.
He said: “I know that people in the community of Newport, and even some people in Wormit, have got mixed views about this.
“There were very strong feelings from many people that the junctions should remain open.
“Unfortunately, given the reporter’s decision to keep the speed limit at 70mph, the junction at Station Brae in particular is potentially dangerous — there have been accidents there, as people will know.”
Councillor Brett added that he would be putting pressure on Transport Scotland to make the currently temporary crossover closures permanent.
He said: “Transport Scotland are closing the junctions on a temporary basis.
“The cost of doing it permanently will be over £200,000.
“I am pressing Transport Scotland as to when that work will be carried out.
“It is unlikely to be in this financial year, but I will continue to press for the work to be done as soon as possible.”